IPC Celebrates 15 Years of Service
On April 26, the St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services (IPC) celebrated 15 years of service to the community. The IPC is a unique collaboration between the School of Social Work, the School of Law and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas, and is an important free-of-charge resource to clients in our community.
This pro bono clinic was founded in the 2003-4 academic year with Jim Stolz as its first social work services director. It moved to its present location in Opus Hall on St. Thomas' Minneapolis campus in 2012. The IPC has a dual mission of meeting the needs of the underserved in the community and meeting the educational needs of our students. It provides an exceptional training ground for social work field students interested in interprofessional practice.
Since its inception, the IPC has trained 223 social work foundation- and clinical-level field students. Its social work services have served more than 1,000 clients through more than 10,000 appointments. Of the social work students trained at the IPC, three have become social work faculty members: Ross Aalgard at Mankato State, Carey Winkler at St. Kate’s, and Kingsley Chigbu at St. Thomas.
Congratulations to the IPC for 15 amazing years!
IPC Supervisors Honored as SSW Field Instructors of the Year
Theresa Kelly McPartlin, professor emerita, and George Baboila, director of social work services at the IPC, were honored at this year’s Field Appreciation Luncheon as our Field Instructors of the Year. Together they have provided learning opportunities to nearly 200 IPC social work students.
BSW Field Instructor of the Year Theresa McPartlin has been a social worker for more than 40 years and has been a field instructor for 30, mentoring more than 300 students. In addition to her role as an agency-based field instructor, Theresa served for four years as our school’s Director of BSW Field Education. McPartlin served at the IPC for eight-and-a-half years, retiring after the fall 2018 semester. Her amazing work was highlighted in her 2017 Heart of Social Work Award, which recognized her as the top field instructor in North America. As a former student shared, “Theresa has a gift for transforming how students see themselves, the people they serve and their confidence in their ability to do social work.”
MSW Field Instructor of the Year George Baboila has practiced social work for more than 30 years in medical, mental health and interdisciplinary settings. For the past 12 years he has co-directed the IPC and, in 2011, Baboila, too, was the recipient the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors’ Heart of Social Work Award. As summarized by one student, “George inspires me in his ability to use humor and show up authentically as himself with and interns, clients co- workers. His awareness of self emboldens learners to find their own voice and social work style.”